NBA: 5 Least Likely Players To Score 50 Points Recently
Can you guess all the players on this list?
Kobe Bryant has scored 50 or more points 26 times in his career and LeBron James has 10 such games but neither of these names having these many games of 50+ points comes as much of a surprise. One has been a pure scorer all of his 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers while the other has the knack to score plenty of points despite him not particularly being known to be a score-first player.
In this list, we discuss 5 players you will be surprised to know that they have a 50-point game on their resume. These are 5 players for whom the 50-point game is probably the highlight of their career.
Here is the list of the five recent highly unlikely players to score 50 or more:
#5 Rashard Lewis - Seattle SuperSonics
When and Where: 31st October 2003 at the Saitama Super Arena, Japan
Rashard Lewis averaged 14.9 points in a career spanning 17 years and 1049 games. The numbers surely don't show the signs of a player who could possibly score 50 in a game.
The 2-time All-Star, however, had other plans. While in Japan, as part of a two-game series with the LA Clippers to tip-off the 2003-04 regular season, Lewis erupted for 50 points on the second night of a back-to-back. He made 72.0% of his field goals while shooting 4-of-7 on 3's and 10-of-13 from the charity stripe.
He also had 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and a block. Riding his hot hand, the SuperSonics won the game by 19 points, after winning the first one by nine.
Lewis was part of the generation that was still getting used to the 6"9'+ players having a score-first role. His ability and talent at his size made him a huge asset to any team that he played on.